i can't support that. >> republicans, including senator pat toomey, blamed democrats, saying they refused to get serious about cuts to entitlement programs like medicare and medicaid. >> there was an unwillingness to cut any spending at all unless there because hunting tax increase. >> towards the end of the process, the divide was clear with six republicans and six democrats typically meeting in separate rooms. proposals and offers were passed back and forth but non-gained any traction. >> the super committee is not so super. >> dave walker, former u.s. comptroller general, says the automatic cuts that will take effect if the committee fails aren't threatening enough to get a deal. >> they're not supposed to happen until 2013, so there's always a risk that they could try to repeal all or part of it next year. >> reporter: some republicans, like senator jon kyl, say they're already planning on it, hoping to dodge painful cuts to defense spending. >> we'll find ways to work around that. >> if there were last-minute efforts to strike a deal, you wouldn't know it walking around the capitol today.